Caesars Palace Grand Prix
36.117777 - 115.175Koordinaten: 36 ° 7 ' 4 " N, 115 ° 10' 30 " W
The Caesars Palace Grand Prix Circuit was a 3.65 km long street circuit in Las Vegas, Nevada, on the Grand Prix of Las Vegas were held as part of the Formula 1 World Championship and Race to the Indy Car Series. The course was located in the hotel and casino Caesars Palace parking area.
After the U.S. GP of Formula 1 1980 had taken place due to safety considerations for the last time on the traditional track of Watkins Glen, sought those responsible for alternatives in the USA. In their search, they met representatives of the city of Las Vegas, who wanted to polish up the sprouted up in the 1970s, Mafia - image of the players paradise again and looked for an internationally renowned event. The European-style Formula 1 came in quite handy. As a result, a Grand- Prix -compatible course was built on the parking area of Caesars Palace, one of the earliest known and largest hotels in the city.
The Grand Prix of Las Vegas Formula 1 took place twice ( 1981/82 ), 1983 and 1984 held here the Indy Car Series courtyard. Overall, however, such an event had in the desert metropolis no future because the number of spectators is kept within limits and the teams and drivers complained about the bumpy track, the desert sand and the partial tremendous heat.
The conditions before the first race had not been bad: The 1981's F1 GP was the last race of the season, and the championship was not decided yet. The Argentine Carlos Reutemann traveled by a single point on the Brazilian Nelson Piquet, both were previously never become world champion. After Reutemann had qualified for the pole position, the matter seemed to be quite clear. But in the race, he delivered a poor idea and was inexplicable even overtaken by the eventual winner, his team-mate Alan Jones. Piquet secured, however, with a fifth place and two points for the world title. Also in 1982 the World Cup was not yet decided when the F1 entourage traveled to Nevada. But the Finn Keke Rosberg also submitted a fifth place in order to prevail against the Ulsterman John Watson.
In the following two years, the race lived in the IndyCar Series on. 1983 won this race racing legend Mario Andretti U.S., 1984, Tom Sneva was the last winner on the Caesars Palace Grand Prix Circuit in the list of winners. Since there since 1996 in Las Vegas and the Las Vegas Motor Speedway a permanent racing, most races are held there today.